NEwbie myself too, whose looking laptop... in my country those laptops are 100-200 dollars more expensive. Bad thing is 1 year warranty. Well I dont look that high gamer laptop i found myself with same price a bit lower specs but 3 year warranty. As far as I know. Dell is knows for its quality.. dont know much about ASUS.
dell Inspiron n5110http://flex.ee/3659-Dell-Inspiron-N5110-Must
ITs foreign language but specs are english
1x3GB RAM 1333Mhz
nVidia GeForce GT 525M 1GB
15.6'' WXGA 1366x768 LED Glare